Opening doors to affordable commercial real estate investment

Introducing Land Baron, Canada's leading platform for investing in commercial real estate with investments starting as low as $500. Get on the waitlist today to be notified when the first property is ready to be funded.  

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Opening doors to affordable commercial real estate investment

Introducing Land Baron, Canada's leading platform for investing in commercial real estate with investments starting as low as $500. Get on the waitlist today to be notified when the first property is ready to be funded. 

Every Canadian can become a commercial real estate investor

Led by a team of successful entrepreneurs and commercial real estate operators, the Land Baron platform will offer its users the opportunity to invest in commercial properties like malls, office skyscrapers, and mixed-use buildings in some of Canada’s most promising markets. Our platform is undergoing an Exempt Market Dealer registration under Canadian Securities Legislation. 

Every Canadian can become a commercial real estate investor

Led by a team of successful entrepreneurs and commercial real estate operators, the Land Baron platform will offer its users the opportunity to invest in commercial properties like malls, office skyscrapers, and mixed-use buildings in some of Canada’s most promising markets. Our platform is undergoing an Exempt Market Dealer registration under Canadian Securities Legislation.

A team that you can trust

The Land Baron team is led by Dak Molnar and Gautam Lohia.  

Dak Molnar: Dak is the Managing Director of the Molnar group, where he runs the Commercial Shopping Centre division. Over the course of 20 years, Dak has been a part of multiple successful ventures and has been involved in real-estate dead worth $1.2 billion dollars.  

Gautam Lohia: Gautam played an instrumental role in growing Blast Radius from a Vancouver based digital agency to a global marketing firm. Since then he has invested in multiple successful technology companies and he is currently a Partner at Apply Digital, a leading North American smart products studio.  

A team that you can trust

The Land Baron team is led by Dak Molnar and Gautam Lohia.  

Dak Molnar: Dak is the Managing Director of the Molnar group, where he runs the Commercial Shopping Centre division. Over the course of 20 years, Dak has been a part of multiple successful ventures and has been involved in real-estate dead worth $1.2 billion dollars.  

Gautam Lohia: Gautam played an instrumental role in growing Blast Radius from a Vancouver based digital agency to a global marketing firm. Since then he has invested in multiple successful technology companies and he is currently a Partner at Apply Digital, a leading North American smart products studio.  

Quality listings, curated with the help of our trusted partners

Our first commercial real estate partner is the Molnar Group. The Molnar Group has over 50 years of experience in real estate and will provide you with superior listings.  

Quality listings, curated... with the help of..... our trusted partners

Our first commercial real estate partner is the Molnar Group. The Molnar Group has over 50 years of experience in real estate and will provide you with superior listings.  

Here is a preview of our first offerings 

We have identified over 100 Shopping Centres that are currently for sale in Canada, which will amount to $1B CAD in available property offerings over the next 3 years. Our first targeted commercial properties will be Chahko Mika Mall in Nelson BC. and Kaslo Tech Center in Vancouver, BC. 

Here is a preview of our first offerings 

We have identified over 100 Shopping Centres that are currently for sale in Canada, which will amount to $1B CAD in available property offerings over the next 3 years. Our first targeted commercial properties will be Chahko Mika Mall in Nelson BC. and Kaslo Tech Center in Vancouver, BC. 

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Welcome to Land Baron

Commercial real estate investing often requires significant capital, locking out most Canadians. This is why Land Baron exists. We are Canada's leading platform for decentralized investing in commercial real estate with investments starting as low as $500  

Working with experienced commercial real estate operators, Land Baron’s platform offers its users the opportunity to invest in shopping centres, office skyscrapers, rental apartment buildings and other mixed-use buildings in some of Canada’s most promising markets. Our platform is undergoing an Exempt Market Dealer registration under Canadian Securities Legislation.

Our exclusive partner

Our first development partner is the Molnar Group. Since its establishment in 1969, the Molnar Group has built close to 6,000 homes across Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. In addition to family-oriented residential development, the Molnar Group maintains a portfolio of commercial properties in Washington State and Western Canada, including the prestigious Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham.  

For our first targeted commercial property offering, the Chahko Mika Mall, the Molnar Group is considering acquiring it at an accretive value. The strategy with this asset would be to release faltering retailers from their leases, recruit more in-person services as tenants, upgrade grocery and pharmacy footprints, and increase food options for visitors. We aim to sell the property when appropriate for significant gain with higher rent per square feet and cash flow, in which the gains will be distributed to unitholders who have invested through Land Baron’s platform. 

The Team 

Gautam Lohia

Co-Founder

Co-Founder, Gautam Lohia, is an entrepreneur at heart with broad international experience in the digital realm. He loves building technologies, teams and partnerships. Gautam also co-founded Apply Digital 3 years ago, prior to which he played an instrumental role in growing Blast Radius from a Vancouver-based digital agency to a global marketing firm as the Chief Technology Officer and EVP of Delivery. Working closely with high-profile clients and overseeing staff worldwide, Gautam was responsible for global operations, client management and technology strategy. He also co-founded QuickMobile, an industry leader in delivering mobile event platform.  

Dak Molnar

Co-Founder

As the Managing Director of the Molnar group, Dak runs the Commercial Shopping Centre division. He studied real estate, economics, and commerce, at the University of Western Ontario, UVIC, and BCIT. Three years after joining the Molnar group in 1995, he decided to branch out on his own, and joined Colliers international where he worked as a broker for 6 years, specializing in the acquisition and disposition of shopping centres and multi-family apartment buildings. Dak was a top performer during several of his years at Colliers, ranking in the top 50 in Canada in 2003 out of over 1500 brokers country-wide. In 2004, Dak left Colliers and started Balmoral Shopping Centres Ltd, a shopping center investment company.  

Roohshan Divecha

Chief Operating Officer 

Roohshan is an experienced senior software technology executive with a demonstrated history of 20+ years working in the IT industry. He is a strong Operations professional, skilled in building, managing, and growing high performing Customer Delivery and Services teams for SAAS companies. He has extensive experience managing development teams to build out technology based solutions, spanning the LAMP stack, including iOS & Android mobile development, utilizing Agile development methodologies.  

Gautam Banerjee

Director of Product 

Gautam has launched dozens of products spanning consumer applications to cameras. His applications have been featured by the New York Times, Apple, Wired Magazine, and Microsoft. Gautam previously served as VP of Product at IMAX Labs and Director of Product at Penguin Random House.  

Nancy Chin 

VP Finance

Nancy is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of British Columbia. With over seven years of budgeting, forecasting, and financial analysis experience, Nancy is able to utilize her knowledge to manage and oversee all financial aspects of development projects and investment portfolio. 

Steve Park

Marketing Lead

Steve has over 25 years of marketing experience as an agency leader, a client, and a small business owner. He has worked with some of the worlds largest brands (HP Canada, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Starbucks and Nike). His goal is to help brands find and deliver that elusive engagement idea, concept or campaign that is truly net positive for their business as well as for their audiences. His specialities are in digital campaign strategy, channel planning, social media marketing strategy, mobile strategy, public engagement, CRM strategy, data mining, predictive modeling, segmentation, agency selection and management.  

Privacy Policy

www.landbaron.ca

This application collects some personal data from its users.  

Owner and data controller

Land Baron, 1066 W. Hastings St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3X1, Canada

Contact email: hello@landbaron.ca  

Types of data collected

Among the types of Personal Data that this Application collects, by itself or through third parties, there are: Cookies; Usage Data.

Complete details on each type of Personal Data collected are provided in the dedicated sections of this privacy policy or by specific explanation texts displayed prior to the Data collection.

Personal Data may be freely provided by the User, or, in case of Usage Data, collected automatically when using this Application.

Unless specified otherwise, all Data requested by this Application is mandatory and failure to provide this Data may make it impossible for this Application to provide its services. In cases where this Application specifically states that some Data is not mandatory, Users are free not to communicate this Data without consequences to the availability or the functioning of the Service.

Users who are uncertain about which Personal Data is mandatory are welcome to contact the Owner.

Any use of Cookies – or of other tracking tools – by this Application or by the owners of third-party services used by this Application serves the purpose of providing the Service required by the User, in addition to any other purposes described in the present document and in the Cookie Policy, if available.

Users are responsible for any third-party Personal Data obtained, published or shared through this Application and confirm that they have the third party's consent to provide the Data to the Owner.  


Mode and place of processing the data

Methods of processing

The Owner takes appropriate security measures to prevent unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, or unauthorized destruction of the Data.

The Data processing is carried out using computers and/or IT enabled tools, following organizational procedures and modes strictly related to the purposes indicated. In addition to the Owner, in some cases, the Data may be accessible to certain types of persons in charge, involved with the operation of this Application (administration, sales, marketing, legal, system administration) or external parties (such as third-party technical service providers, mail carriers, hosting providers, IT companies, communications agencies) appointed, if necessary, as Data Processors by the Owner. The updated list of these parties may be requested from the Owner at any time.


Legal basis of processing

The Owner may process Personal Data relating to Users if one of the following applies: 

  • Users have given their consent for one or more specific purposes. Note: Under some legislations the Owner may be allowed to process Personal Data until the User objects to such processing (“opt-out”), without having to rely on consent or any other of the following legal bases. This, however, does not apply, whenever the processing of Personal Data is subject to European data protection law;
  • Provision of Data is necessary for the performance of an agreement with the User and/or for any pre-contractual obligations thereof;
  • Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the Owner is subject;
  • Processing is related to a task that is carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Owner;
  • Processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the Owner or by a third party.

In any case, the Owner will gladly help to clarify the specific legal basis that applies to the processing, and in particular whether the provision of Personal Data is a statutory or contractual requirement, or a requirement necessary to enter into a contract.  


Place

The Data is processed at the Owner's operating offices and in any other places where the parties involved in the processing are located.  

Depending on the User's location, data transfers may involve transferring the User's Data to a country other than their own. To find out more about the place of processing of such transferred Data, Users can check the section containing details about the processing of Personal Data.

Users are also entitled to learn about the legal basis of Data transfers to a country outside the European Union or to any international organization governed by public international law or set up by two or more countries, such as the UN, and about the security measures taken by the Owner to safeguard their Data.  

If any such transfer takes place, Users can find out more by checking the relevant sections of this document or inquire with the Owner using the information provided in the contact section.


Retention time

Personal Data shall be processed and stored for as long as required by the purpose they have been collected for.

Therefore:

  • Personal Data collected for purposes related to the performance of a contract between the Owner and the User shall be retained until such contract has been fully performed.
  • Personal Data collected for the purposes of the Owner’s legitimate interests shall be retained as long as needed to fulfill such purposes. Users may find specific information regarding the legitimate interests pursued by the Owner within the relevant sections of this document or by contacting the Owner.


The Owner may be allowed to retain Personal Data for a longer period whenever the User has given consent to such processing, as long as such consent is not withdrawn. Furthermore, the Owner may be obliged to retain Personal Data for a longer period whenever required to do so for the performance of a legal obligation or upon order of an authority. Once the retention period expires, Personal Data shall be deleted. Therefore, the right to access, the right to erasure, the right to rectification and the right to data portability cannot be enforced after expiration of the retention period.


The purposes of processing

The Data concerning the User is collected to allow the Owner to provide its Services, as well as for the following purposes: Analytics.


The rights of users

Users may exercise certain rights regarding their Data processed by the Owner.

In particular, Users have the right to do the following:

  • Withdraw their consent at any time - Users have the right to withdraw consent where they have previously given their consent to the processing of their Personal Data.
  • Object to processing of their Data - Users have the right to object to the processing of their Data if the processing is carried out on a legal basis other than consent. Further details are provided in the dedicated section below.
  • Access their Data - Users have the right to learn if Data is being processed by the Owner, obtain disclosure regarding certain aspects of the processing and obtain a copy of the Data undergoing processing.
  • Verify and seek rectification - Users have the right to verify the accuracy of their Data and ask for it to be updated or corrected.
  • Restrict the processing of their Data - Users have the right, under certain circumstances, to restrict the processing of their Data. In this case, the Owner will not process their Data for any purpose other than storing it.
  • Have their Personal Data deleted or otherwise removed - Users have the right, under certain circumstances, to obtain the erasure of their Data from the Owner.
  • Receive their Data and have it transferred to another controller - Users have the right to receive their Data in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format and, if technically feasible, to have it transmitted to another controller without any hindrance. This provision is applicable provided that the Data is processed by automated means and that the processing is based on the User's consent, on a contract which the User is part of or on pre-contractual obligations thereof.
  • Lodge a complaint - Users have the right to bring a claim before their competent data protection authority.


Details about the right to object to processing

Where Personal Data is processed for a public interest, in the exercise of an official authority vested in the Owner or for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the Owner, Users may object to such processing by providing a ground related to their particular situation to justify the objection.

Users must know that, however, should their Personal Data be processed for direct marketing purposes, they can object to that processing at any time without providing any justification. To learn, whether the Owner is processing Personal Data for direct marketing purposes, Users may refer to the relevant sections of this document.

How to exercise these rights

Any requests to exercise User rights can be directed to the Owner through the contact details provided in this document. These requests can be exercised free of charge and will be addressed by the Owner as early as possible and always within one month.  


Additional information about data collection and processing

Legal action

The User's Personal Data may be used for legal purposes by the Owner in Court or in the stages leading to possible legal action arising from improper use of this Application or the related Services.

The User declares to be aware that the Owner may be required to reveal personal data upon request of public authorities.

 

Additional information about user's personal data

In addition to the information contained in this privacy policy, this Application may provide the User with additional and contextual information concerning particular Services or the collection and processing of Personal Data upon request. 


System logs and maintenance

For operation and maintenance purposes, this Application and any third-party services may collect files that record interaction with this Application (System logs) use other Personal Data (such as the IP Address) for this purpose.


Information not contained in this policy

More details concerning the collection or processing of Personal Data may be requested from the Owner at any time. Please see the contact information at the beginning of this document.


How “Do Not Track” requests are handled

This Application does not support “Do Not Track” requests. To determine whether any of the third-party services it uses honor the “Do Not Track” requests, please read their privacy policies.


Changes to this privacy policy  

The Owner reserves the right to make changes to this privacy policy at any time by giving notice to its Users on this page and possibly within this Application and/or - as far as technically and legally feasible - sending a notice to Users via any contact information available to the Owner. It is strongly recommended to check this page often, referring to the date of the last modification listed at the bottom. Should the changes affect processing activities performed on the basis of the User’s consent, the Owner shall collect new consent from the User, where required.  

Contact

Questions, comments, concerns? We’re here to help and would love to hear from you.

LandBaron

1066 W. Hastings St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3X1, Canada

Email: hello@landbaron.ca 

Account Opening

Who can invest? Any Canadian Resident in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario over the age of 18 will be able to invest, subject to suitability as assessed by Land Baron. We will not allow international investors to invest.  

Is it RRSP/TFSA eligibility? We are not RRSP/TFSA eligible. We are planning to create eligibility in the near future.  

How do I subscribe? Land Baron will provide an online onboarding process, which will allow electronic funds delivery either directly or through your financial institutions. In addition, you will need to complete an electronic “Know Your Client” form, which will require periodic updating. A Land Baron representative will be available by phone to assist with this process as required.  

In addition, Land Baron may provide a form of Offering Memorandum describing its business in greater detail, as well as including a statutory right to withdraw funds for a period of time.  

Is there a minimum investment? The minimum investment is $500.  

Is there a maximum investment? The maximum investment is $10,000.  

What am I investing in? Land Baron will provide you with an opportunity to invest in a limited partnership, to be formed upon acquisition of a particular commercial property. Your limited partnership unit(s) will provide you with a specified preferred return on your capital plus the opportunity to participate in any upside on a liquidated event, such as a sale of the property. All distributions to unitholders will be dependant upon cash flows from the property, and the specific returns will be discussed in the Offering Memorandum that will be provided to you prior to you ordering your investment.  

How It Works

What is EMD (Exempt Market Dealer)? Land Baron anticipates approval of our registration application prior to closing on our first property. Registration as an EMD will ensure investors receive regulator-approved guidance with respect to both the investment process as well as the suitability of the investment for the investor. Registration also means that Land Baron will be regulated, and subject to periodic audit, by the applicable Canadian Securities Commissions. As a result, we believe Land Baron will be one of the few entities in the sector to have the regulators initially vet, and provide ongoing oversight of, its business as well as its internal protocols and procedures. We believe such oversight will provide investors an additional layer of comfort with respect to their investment process and compliments our focus on integrity, transparency, and industry-best practices.  

How will I receive my units? After your orders have been successfully submitted, you will receive digital certificates in your profile that will show you details of your unit(s) of purchase.  

What are digital certificates? Digital certificates will detail the ownership of your unit(s) in the commercial real estate assets, as well as the book/current value of your unit(s) and the cash contributions. 

Are my units tradable? No, units will not be tradable. 

How often will the financial performance on my account be updated? Account balances will be updated every 3 months, on March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. 

Are there any fees? Land Baron will charge a nominal management fee to the project for its services. The amount of this fee will be disclosed in the Offering Memorandum provided to public before any investment can be made. 

How It Works

What is EMD (Exempt Market Dealer)? Land Baron anticipates approval of our registration application prior to closing on our first property. Registration as an EMD will ensure investors receive regulator-approved guidance with respect to both the investment process as well as the suitability of the investment for the investor. Registration also means that Land Baron will be regulated, and subject to periodic audit, by the applicable Canadian Securities Commissions. As a result, we believe Land Baron will be one of the few entities in the sector to have the regulators initially vet, and provide ongoing oversight of, its business as well as its internal protocols and procedures. We believe such oversight will provide investors an additional layer of comfort with respect to their investment process and compliments our focus on integrity, transparency, and industry-best practices.  

How will I receive my units? After your orders have been successfully submitted, you will receive digital certificates in your profile that will show you details of your unit(s) of purchase.  

What are digital certificates? Digital certificates will detail the ownership of your unit(s) in the commercial real estate assets, as well as the book/current value of your unit(s) and the cash contributions. 

Are my units tradable? No, units will not be tradable. 

How often will the financial performance on my account be updated? Account balances will be updated every 3 months, on March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. 

Are there any fees? Land Baron will charge a nominal management fee to the project for its services. The amount of this fee will be disclosed in the Offering Memorandum provided to public before any investment can be made. 

Returns

How does the accrued dividend work? After 90 days of investing your funds in a property, you will be eligible to receive distributions from the time you invested your funds.  

Does Land baron distribute capital gains as well? Yes, once the property is sold, the capital gains (after taxes and costs) are distributed. These will only be distributed to unitholders of the property at the time the property is sold.  

How much can I expect the capital gains to be? The average return on investment is currently estimated to be roughly 10% of the initial cash contribution.  

What is the total return I can expect from this investment? Depending on the property and the positive cash flow from operations, the distributions to unitholders will pay out 4%-7% per annum, and capital gains of roughly 10%. The average return for a 4 year investment, held to term would be roughly 9% - 12% annualized return per year.  

Reporting

How do I report my capital gains on my taxes? An annual performance report will be available to you by the end of February that will identify your total capital gains.  

How do I report my dividends on my taxes? A performance report will be available to you by the end of February that will identify the total amount of distributions you received in the year.  

Will I receive a T5? For interest of less than $50, you will not receive a T5, however you must still report this income on line 121 of your tax filings.  

How and when will I receive my T5? T5s will be available to you electronically by the end of February of each year.  

Investment Timelines 

How long will my investment by locked into a property for? Land Baron investments are intended to be long term investments, thus making them illiquid. The term length varies depending on when the property is acquired and how long it takes to position the asset for resale. The expected term length can vary between 3-6 years on average.  

What is your 90 day money guarantee? Any monies deposited with Land Baron for a new investment will be refunded upon any request submitted prior to the issuer’s closing on the applicable property (subject to certain terms and conditions and less an administrative fee).  

What happens at the end of the term? Once the asset is sold, the principal and the prorated distributions from the gains of the disposition will be transferred into your Land Baron holding account. From there, you are easily able to invest in new projects or request to have your funds transferred to your financial institution.  

 

Holding Account (Cash Account)  

What is a holding account? All deposited funds from your financial institution are held in your Land Baron holding account. This account is meant to store non invested cash while are you are looking through the various properties available to invest in.  

Will I earn interest on the funds that are in my holding account? Yes, the interest rate earned in your holding account is 0.9%. However this may change without notice.  

Security 

Will I need to provide my SIN number? To provide you with T5s and other related tax documents, we do require your SIN number.  

What is two-factor authentication (2FA)? To provide an extra layer of security in your account, we provide two-factor authentically. This is an optional setting. To enable 2FA, please complete the following steps:  

1. Log onto landbaron.ca 2. Click on the security section 3. Enable 2FA  

Who manages the day to day expenses of the properties? Land Baron works up with many reputable property management companies that ensure that all upkeep is completed and the integrity of the properties is preserved.  

Does Land Baron have a securities licence to market and sell shares? Land Baron is registering as an exempt market dealer and will, through its automated process, which includes human oversight, conduct a suitability analysis of your investment.  

Miscellaneous  

Are there any risks? Yes. Since this is an investment, there is a risk that your investment will decrease in value.  

Am I liable for any debt that Land Baron takes on? No, investors are not liable for any debt that Land Baron takes on. However, please note that like many investments, distributions and principal are not guaranteed. Therefore, it is possible that you could lose 100% of your investment.  

Why commercial real estate? Commercial real estate has proven to have strong returns year over year. Land Baron is creating a low entry price PropTech platform that allows individuals to purchase along side institutional investors.  

Can I visit the properties I invest in? Yes you can visit the properties you invest in, but please be mindful that people are working in those spaces.  

What is the difference between Land Baron and a REIT? REITs that are publicly traded can be priced at a premium because of their liquidity. The private market, including your Land Baron investments, tend to sacrifice liquidity for a lower cost of the underlying real estate asset.  

Miscellaneous  

Are there any risks? Yes. Since this is an investment, there is a risk that your investment will decrease in value.  

Am I liable for any debt that Land Baron takes on? No, investors are not liable for any debt that Land Baron takes on. However, please note that like many investments, distributions and principal are not guaranteed. Therefore, it is possible that you could lose 100% of your investment.  

Why commercial real estate? Commercial real estate has proven to have strong returns year over year. Land Baron is creating a low entry price PropTech platform that allows individuals to purchase along side institutional investors.  

Can I visit the properties I invest in? Yes you can visit the properties you invest in, but please be mindful that people are working in those spaces.  

What is the difference between Land Baron and a REIT? REITs that are publicly traded can be priced at a premium because of their liquidity. The private market, including your Land Baron investments, tend to sacrifice liquidity for a lower cost of the underlying real estate asset.  

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